The best training I ever had

Y’Mocracy in Mersin, Turkey

This year I had a great opportunity to participate in the training Y’Mocracy in Mersin, Turkey, between 14-20 February 2016. We were 27 participants from Poland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Estonia and we learned about the democratic process, how it’s working in our countries and how we can take part in it.

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The training was organized by Genç Demokratlar an organization from Turkey and it was funded by European Union through Erasmus+ Programme. My sending organization was YMCA Baia Mare, Romania.

_MG_2426Before telling you about our activities you should  know that we had a very nice accommodation next to the beach. SoRAY_8474 (2) few of us we tried to wake up earlier in every morning to catch the incredible sunrise. And about our meals I have to mention that the Turkish food is very, very good. Everyone complained that “the food here is too good and to much”.

The daily schedule was very good divided and we decided that one of the most important role is “if somebody it’s not on the time we will start the activity without that person”. In this case we had enough time for each activity and also enough free time.

20160216_122307I will need one day to tell you about activities so I choose to talk about my favorite one. So in one day they took us to visit the municipality of Mersin, where we had the opportunity to talk about democracy with the local authorities from Mersin. The meeting was very good organized and the press was taking part too. The local authorities were opened to talk to us and to give an answer for each question we had. In the end I have to mention that they offered us tea and presents._MG_3410

About our free time we definitely enjoyed it a lot. The water was  perfect for swimming so we spent a lot of time on the beach. In the evenings I have to admit that we were addicted to the game “Mafia” and we chose to skip few hours of sleep just to play it one more time.

_MG_3026In the last evening we made a big camp fire on the beach and we spent the whole night there chatting. This was one of my best nights ever and I really miss that. I made a lot of friends and I’m planning to visit some of them one day. One participant from Greece decided to go to Macedonia after the training and this means that you can make strong connections with people also in a very short time if you meet the right persons.

By Amalia Pop, Romania


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2 Youth Exchanges in Turkey

1. ONCE UPON A TIME IN EUROPE – Youth Exchange


Location: ADANA – TURKEYAdana_city

Period: 7th-15th June 2016 (including arrival and departure days)

Vacancies: 5 Places for Romanian participants (18-25 years) + 1 group leader (no age limit), with valid passport.

Theme: stereotypes, prejudice, cultural diversity

Activities: Team work, theatre performance, workshop, local visit, simulation, role plays, meeting with disable people, meeting local authorities

Costs: Accommodation and 3 meals per day are provided. Travel costs are reimbursed to the participants in the maximum limit of 170 eur (both ways). Costs for the passport and travel/health insurance are not reimbursed.

12525352_10208406692586065_855914788590354021_oFor more info, please read carefully the info pack here: OnceUponInfo

Application: For applying, please fill in the application form-ApplicationForm_OnceUpon and send it to, until 1st of May 2016, with the subject line: YE-Once Upon a Time in Europe.

The faster you apply, the cheapest the plane tickets are!





12974545_1069512199772056_5785908273651595186_nLocation: ARTVIN – TURKEY

Period: 20th-28th June 2016 (including arrival and departure days)

Vacancies: 4 Places for Romanian participants (18-25 years) + 1 group leader (no age limit), with valid passport.

Theme: creation of puppets by using primarily trash items or recycled materials in order to raise environmental awareness

Activities: Creative puppetry: history of puppets – types of puppets – creating puppets – puppets and environment: give_recycled_puppetkitlearn how to use reused and recycled materials Marionettes: types of marionettes – creating marionettes
Techniques: manipulation and performance techniques Performance: performing – scenography – directing –

Costs: Accommodation and 3 meals per day are provided. Travel costs are reimbursed to the participants in the maximum limit of 170 eur (both ways). Costs for the passport and travel/health insurance are not reimbursed.

For more info, please read carefully the info pack here: puppets info pack

Application: For applying, please fill in the application form-ApplicationForm_Puppet, and send it to, until  1st of May 2016, with the subject line: YE-Europe in the Eyes of Puppets.

The faster you apply, the cheapest the plane tickets are!


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Y’MOCRACY – seminar in Turkey


14-20 FEBRUARY 2015




VACANCY: 2 available places for ROMANIANS (18+ years old, with valid passport)

Project Description:

This project aims at providing an unbiased platform for debate and experiences on democracy processes, from local to international level, to analyse mechanisms that regulate democratic life.

The theme: Democracy for Youth. How can young people take part in democratic process? What’s missing to involve young people in Democracy life of EU (from local to international)?


  • to make democratic processes clear to young people, both at national and international level (including EU institutions and EU policies);
  • to learn from each other’s country experience;
  • to stimulate the involvement of young people in democratic life;
  • to promote active citizenship;
  • to compare each other thinking and life experiences about the topic (difficulties, experiences);
  • to analyse obstacles in making voice of young people heard, and to get them over;
  • to contribute to stimulate and suggest new propose of expansion about the chosen field (new ways of taking part of democratic life, new processes);

DSC_0207aThe project will bring together young people interesting on the topic and experts from different countries (one expert on the topic for each country, member of a public body)

Target group: youth leaders, young people, local authorities

Participating countries: 27 participants from Poland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Estonia.

Duration: The seminar will last 7 days, from 14- 20 February 2016

Activities and methods used:

  • role playing activities (especially simulating the function of democratic institutions);
  • open discussions,;
  • expert from different country will participate at the activities and will explain the function of institutions
  • intercultural activities, to promote a better knowledge and understanding of the different cultures.


The accommodation, food, and visa for all participants will be covered in total by project budget. Travel expenses will be reimbursed to the participants, according the Rule of the European commission. Please note the supposed cost of journey between your country and Kayseri ( the most economic travel is by train and bus and cheapest travel by plain ) . Each participant must prove tickets, invoices and boarding cards in order to be reimbursed. Maximum travel costs reimbursed for 1 Romanian participants are of 275 eur (both ways).

For MORE DETAILS please read the info letter: InfoLetter-Y-mocracy


Fill in the ApplicationForm_Ymocracy and send it to until 20th of December 2015! In the subject line please write: application for Y’MOCRACY-Turkey





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Let’s Get it Started



3rd of November 10th of November 2015



“Let’s Get it Started” is a training course organized by YMCA Baia Mare, for 26 youth workers from 11 countries (Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey), which will take place in northern Romania, in Baia Mare, between 3rd of November and 10th of November 2015 (excluding travel days).

11205568_10155505540245366_5628534959366283089_nAim: to give participants the opportunity to learn and experiment different methods of non-formal education in order to help and empower young people they are working with to develop various skills and aptitudes needed in their personal and professional development for increasing their employability chances. Also, in turn, participants will gain skills, aptitudes and competences necessary in their youth work.

The methods used during the activities will be non-formal such as: role play, energizing games, intercultural learning & dialogue, open space, world café, photovoice, living library, team building, learning to play and playing to learn, animations etc. Each day will be designed for a different non-formal education method. The trainers and 11958226_10155971595190366_8522487947398191064_ofacilitators will present to the participants the method, after that they will have to implement it themselves in the local community




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Turkish Delight

“Sustainable and Ecological Life in Europe” was a training course which took place in Turkey-Kayseri (Gesi), between 22-29 May 2015 and it was organized bye “Green Future” (informal group). The main topics of the training were: permaculture, eco-life, eco-building, eco-village, nature, organic farming, free range, freeconomy. YMCA Baia Mare sent 3 participants: Andrei, Iulia and Vlad. Here are their stories:


“My name is Andrei Moldovan, I’m 25 years old, and I participated in an Eco camp in Kayseri-Turkey, between IMG_270522nd-29th of May 2015.

Once I landed to Kayseri, I knew a great experience is expecting us. I and my co-nationals Vlad and Iulia got there one day before other participants, from 6 other countries, so we had a day just for ourselves, to get to know the village better, and our hosts, who were extremely welcoming and friendly.

During that certain week, I had the chance to meet amazing people, taste IMG_56891great food cooked by our host (I even gained 2 kilo because of her J), visit breath-taking places like Cappadocia, with its amazing scenery and landscapes, sleep in a tent again, do ecological activities and discussions, and to disconnect from the daily routine, be without internet and phone signal, shortly, to be closer to nature and people.

At the end of this camp, before leaving Turkey, I decided to spend few more days visiting Istanbul and fell in love with it again.

All in all, it was a great experience, which can hardly be described in only few lines. And whoever considers taking trainings in this kind of camps, don’t hesitate! You might lose the best fun of your life!”


“Hello dear readers!

IMG_5250We are Iulia & Vlad and we want to share our wonderful experience in Turkey with all of you.

First of all, let us tell you why we applied in this project (Sustainable and ecological life in Europe). We think that we spend most of our time in the city, locked in an office, in an artificial environment away from nature. We sense more and more the urge to reconnect and return to our roots, with more respect for the environment. When we saw the project’s IMG_5789theme, we thought that we can improve our knowledge in this subject that we are most concerned: ecology and sustainability. A very nice thing was also that the project was held in Turkey, a country that we are attracted by its culture, its taste and colors.

We stayed for one week in a small and remote village called Gesi at a IMG_5974wonderful family that tried and succeeded to make our visit as nice as possible. For us it was like a big happy family reunion, even though it was the first time there.

We had the opportunity to exchange ideas with participants from other countries in ecological problems and explore local environmental concerns and issues.IMG_5476

It was such an amazing experience “juggling” everyday between meetings, team projects, games and field trips (we had the time to visit Capadoccia, Kayseri and Istanbul).

One of the best things it was that we had the chance to stay at a local family, to explore experience and taste the “real Turkey”. We had such wonderful time with everyone there and just wished that we could have stayed a few more weeks… we’ll just leave the pictures to talk.”



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